Floods in Bangladesh continued to wreak havoc as authorities struggled to deliver drinking water and dry food to flood shelters in the country’s vast northern and northeastern regions, officials and local media said.
Authorities say more than a dozen people have died across the country since strong monsoon rains began last week. The government called in soldiers on Friday to help evacuate people to safety.
In the worst-hit Sunamganj and Sylhet districts, as many as 10 Thousands of people were evacuated and some 4 million people were trapped in the area.
Officials said water levels in the northeast had begun to recede but posed a threat to the central part of the country, which is the channel for floodwaters to reach the southern Bay of Bengal.
Media reports said flood-affected people in remote areas had difficulty accessing drinking water and food.
In a video posted online, Arinjoy Dhar, senior director of the nonprofit development organization BRAC, pleads for help to ensure food is provided for people affected by the floods.
They opened a centre on Monday to prepare food as part of a plan to feed 5,000 families in Sunamganj, but the arrangements were not enough, Dhar said.
The BRAC said it alone attempted to deliver emergency supplies to around 52,000 households.
Bangladesh has just recovered from last month’s flash floods that have devastated the country recently, triggered by flooding in the upper northeastern states of India, destroying crops and damaging homes and roads.
Bangladesh, a country of 160 million people, is low-lying and threatened by natural disasters such as floods and cyclones, made worse by climate change. According to the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, if global warming continues at the current rate, about 17 percent of Bangladesh’s population will need to be resettled in the next decade or so.